JPM Asia Growth Fund C - Net Accumulation
New for 2019. A portfolio of structural growth ideas
A solid and consistent longer-term performance saw this fund clinch highly commended status in the Best Asia Pacific Fund category of the Money Observer 2018 awards.
The fund benefits from the stewardship of Joanna Kwok and Mark Davids, both of whom have more than 20 years of investment experience. They are able to draw on a well-resourced emerging markets and Asia Pacific team at JPMorgan.
The process follows the same quality/ growth bias investors have come to expect from JPMorgan’s equity-based strategies managed across the region. The portfolio contains up to 60 names, typically structural growth ideas – companies that boast quality franchises and consistent earnings streams.
The managers build the portfolio based on the convictions of country specialists, who are responsible for single-country strategies across the region, and also those of sector analysts. The conviction based nature of the fund is evident in its significant deviation from its benchmark and ability to have some latitude at country and sector level.
At the end of 2018 its largest regional weighting was to China, which accounted for 36% of the fund’s £257 million of assets, much in line with the MSCI Asia ex Japan index. Its most significant country overweights are to Indonesia and India.
On a sector basis, the managers favour financials, technology and consumer discretionary stocks, which collectively account for almost 80% of the portfolio. Financials is its largest sector overweight with insurance also being favoured.
Ongoing charges are attractive, at 0.9%, providing a head start for investors compared with more expensive peers.
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|Tencent Holdings Ltd||7.86 %|
|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd||7.23 %|
|AIA Group Ltd||6.68 %|
|Samsung Electronics Co Ltd||6.48 %|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR||5.61 %|
|Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd H||4.35 %|
|PT Bank Central Asia Tbk||3.85 %|
|Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd||3.51 %|
|HDFC Bank Ltd||3.49 %|
|Shenzhou International Group Holdings Ltd||2.95 %|
|Asia - Emerging||64.16 %|
|Asia - Developed||33.73 %|
|Financial Services||34.50 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||19.62 %|
|Real Estate||5.15 %|
Joanna Kwok, executive director, is a regional specialist for Asia Pacific ex-Japan equities with the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific (EMAP) Equities Team based in Hong Kong. She joined the Firm in 2002 as an analyst with the Hong Kong bond team and took up her current role in 2005. Prior to joining the Firm, Joanna spent three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where she qualified as a chartered accountant and one year in Hong Kong as a senior associate in their banking & capital markets division. Joanna obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Natural Sciences from Downing College, Cambridge University.
Mark Davids, managing director, is a regional specialist for Asia Pacific Behavioural Finance and head of the Team with the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific (EMAP) Equities Team based in Hong Kong. In 2007, Mark relocated from London to Tokyo to head the Behavioural Finance investment desk in Japan, and subsequently relocated to Hong Kong in 2009 to expand the process into the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to this he was a senior portfolio manager for European equity team within the JPMorgan Asset Management European Equity Group. An employee since 1997, Mark was previously a pan-European investment analyst. Prior to this, he worked at the European Commission. Mark obtained a B.A. (joint Hons) in History and German from the University of Manchester and earned an M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He is also a CFA charterholder
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